Right after graduating from ITI, Beto (a.k.a. Alberto Ruiz Lopez) collaborated in Unbound: Prometheus and The Monkey King with fellow graduates Seng Soo Ming and Zachary Ho, which was performed in Malaysia. He was invited to work on another theatrical project in Poland, with actress Justyna Tomczak from theatre group Theater Y. He was also involved in an exchange programme with Grotowski Institute of Poland for a year. In 2009, he performed in Kuo Pau Kun’s The Spirits Play, the inaugural play of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus, a theatre collective established by ITI alumni, as well as in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to the play. The Spirits Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav in January 2010 after opening in Singapore.
Prior to his training at ITI, Beto had earned a Bachelors of Performing Arts from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. A theatre practitioner who has directed and acted, he was also a former Director of the Company of Theatre from Jalisco. In 2015, Beto performed in R vs J, a solo piece in Mexico. As a director, he has helmed operas – Verdi’s La Traviata and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – and plays such as Dario Fo’s Un Dia Cualquiera and Alfred Jarry’s King Ubu. His work extends beyond his home country of Mexico to Poland; Texas, USA; and Colombia.
Beto has taught Acting and Movement at ITI since 2015.